I’ve been a fan of cycling – the Tour de France specifically – since back to the days when Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond & Laurent Fignon were the riders to beat. Lance Armstrong certainly brought the Tour more to the mainstream here in the US with his battle with cancer, LIVESTRONG Foundation, cycling success and most recently his fall from grace. From all that I’ve read I may be among the minority rooting for him to right himself. I can see both the good and the less so but I don’t overlook his philanthropy and all that he has done for cancer research. So when 5 business lessons to learn from Lance Armstrong on Dynamic Business popped up in my RSS feed I was drawn into the read.
The 5 Lessons
- “Honesty is the best policy”
- “How to handle a crisis”
- “Nothing’s worth sacrificing everything”
- “When in doubt, seek help”
- “Don’t do drugs”
There are a couple of no brainers there but the full article is worth the read.
Three Americans have stood on the podium in the maillot jaune in Paris (Floyd Landis also had trouble with lesson 5 and was stripped of his 2006 victory) only Greg LeMond’s ’86, ’89 (a Herculean effort on a rare final stage Individual Time Trial to pull off the closest Tour win ever – 8 seconds over runner up Fignon) & ’90 victories remain official (LeMond really should have 4 in my view, he was clearly the strongest rider in the ’85 Tour but his team reeled him in so Bernard Hinault could win his 5th Tour that tied the then record for wins, and is again the record, now that Armstrong has been stripped of his 7 victories).
For an interesting perspective see: Should Have Listened to Willie: Heroes Should Always Be Cowboys | Chicks Dig Sports & Romance
Update 2/7/13 – Lance Armstrong sued over $12 mln in Tour de France prize money